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NE-EHDI Scholarship

Attend the National EHDI Meeting
in Kansas, MO on Scholarship!

The Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (NE-EHDI) program wants to send a parent to attend the National EHDI Meeting from March  8-10, 2020 in Kansas City, MO.

NE-EHDI greatly appreciates parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and hopes to enlist parents’ help with program planning so that the program is focused on being “family-centered,” thereby meeting the needs of children, parents, and families in the most effective manner.

NE-EHDI will pay the costs for one parent to attend the National EHDI Meeting.  To learn more about the National EHDI Meeting go to https://ehdimeeting.org/

The paid costs include

  • mileage from your home to the conference.
    • includes mileage from home to conference if choosing to drive
    • includes mileage from home to airport if choosing to fly
    • flight option includes a shuttle/Uber/Lyft from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport
  • hotel for March 7, if attending an early session on March 8, and for March 8 and 9.
  • meals for March 7 (if leaving on March 7) and March 8-10.
  • meeting registration fee.
  • registration for one session on March 8 that is not included in the registration fee.

EHDI encourages any parent of a child (no age limit) who is deaf or hard of hearing and who has not previously attended the National EHDI Meeting to apply for the scholarship.

Anyone interested should contact Brenda Coufal (brenda.coufal@nebraska.gov).  An application is available to apply for the scholarship and can be accessed here.  The deadline to apply is October 10, 2019. The selected scholarship recipient will be notified by the end of the day on October 11, 2019. 



Zoom Educational Series

  • November 17 – Preparing for the Holidays
  • February 16 – Dad’s Panel
  • May 3 – Apps!

Register for the above zoom educational sessions. Click the link: https://forms.gle/eVtLQyMTX3eEpUix6.

Husker Heroes

Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Save the date

Junior Husker football player, Todd Honas, is also hard of hearing. Come listen to his experiences, eat food, and meet other parents with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBMMxDxzCjZ5h5nswVfHVd1ctYi9gnm19l33sNXG6MpT4zcg/viewform

Register by September 1, 2019 if you would like an interpreter. Questions can be directed to Shelli Janning: 402-533-8915 or gbys@handsandvoicesne.org.

Other Upcoming Events

Extended Family Event for the Spanish-speaking population – This event will discuss ways to help your child become a stronger self-advocate. Additionally, parents will learn more ways to help their child. No registration is needed to attend. Location: Christie Heights 5105 S. 37th St., Omaha, NE 68107

  • Saturday, September 14 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

NCDHH Event at the Zoo

  • September 22, 2019

Fire Safety Series

October is Fire Safety Month, and Nebraska Early Hearing Detection & Intervention, NCDHH, the West Omaha Sertoma Club, and NE Hands & Voices, along with Guide By Your Side, are sponsoring a line-up of fire safety events with Nebraska Fire Departments. See the flyer for details on addresses at the individual locations.

  • October 5 at 1:30 p.m. – Omaha, NE
  • October 12 at 1:30 p.m. – Norfolk, NE
  • October 19 at 1:30 p.m. – McCook, NE
  • October 20 at 1:30 p.m. – Kearney, NE
  • October 26 at 1:30 p.m. – Scottsbluff, NE
  • October 26 at 1:30 p.m. – Bellevue, NE

Mom’s Night Inn – Norfolk – Save the date!

Register here: https://forms.gle/Cop5GdNeWne9d6TH9.

  • November 2 and 3, 2019

ASTRA Training – Full Day – Save the date!

  • January 17 – Omaha
  • January 18 – Lincoln

Mom’s Night Inn – Lincoln – Save the date!

Register here: https://forms.gle/Cop5GdNeWne9d6TH9.

  • February 8 and 9, 2020

Family Camp Weekend

  • June 2020 – Date and time TBD

Coffee Meet-Ups – Omaha, NE

From 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Chik-fil-A Legacy Village on the days listed below:

  • September 22, 2019
  • November 16, 2019
  • December 14, 2019

Coffee and Conversation – Lincoln, NE

Meet every other Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Braada in Lincoln. Here are the established dates for 2019:

  • September 10 and 24
  • October 8 and 22
  • November 5 and 19
  • December 3 and 17

Connect Readings

A great event where deaf and hard-of-hearing children listen to storytime, interpreters sign, and readers tell stories simultaneously.

Locations and additional details will be available as the event draws near.

  • October 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Fall Bash – Save the Date!

Our biggest event of the year is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area.  Free for Members and $5.00 for Non-members

More information to come as it draws near.

Job Opportunity

Guide-By-Your-Side Parent Guide positions available.  Please find the Job Application and Position Description by clicking on the links.  


Nebraska Hands & Voices is seeking new board members with a passion for our mission of  supporting families that have children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing without a bias toward communication modes or methodologies.  We are looking for parents of children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, deaf/hard-of-hearing adults, and/or professionals from across the state.  Serving on our board is a great way to directly impact the lives of deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals in Nebraska while keeping our guiding principles of innovation, community, collaboration, and respect in play.  If you have a vision for Nebraska Hands & Voices, or talents to share, please consider applying.  Our application is available at this link: NE H&V Board App.  You can also contact us at mailto:questions@handsandvoicesne.org for more information.